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Study Abroad: Nepal Edition

Author: Emily Olson

As a design major at Notre Dame, I find myself always in search of things that will inspire or inform my projects. This process of enhancing the imagination has taken me to places beyond my wildest dreams but has also brought me closer to home. To me, that ability to study, work, and live in a plethora of places is what makes Notre Dame so priceless. The experiences I have attained have considerably altered my path, as my eyes have now been opened to the possibilities through travel.

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Art historian researches the significance of long-lost Italian murals during yearlong fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Much medieval Italian art from the 13th century is focused on Christianity — paintings and sculptures depicting Jesus, the Virgin Mary, saints, or other Biblical scenes. But murals that were hidden for hundreds of years under layers of whitewash at the Santi Quattro Coronati monastery in Rome are different — in addition to religious iconography, they also depict secular knowledge. Notre Dame art historian Marius Hauknes is fascinated by the significant shift implied by the newly discovered paintings, and he’s spending this year writing a book on the subject after winning a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Video: Design student interns at social justice-oriented furniture company

Author: Todd Boruff

Braden Kimmel, an industrial design BFA student, interned this summer at Purposeful Design, an Indianapolis-based furniture company that trains and employs formerly homeless men. “There’s so much more experience you can gain from working with professionals in the field,” he said. Kimmel received funding through the Center for Career Development, which grants undergraduates up to $3,500 to cover living expenses during a qualified summer internship.

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TopSun Internship

Author: Dept. Staff

Design students Brittany Keane-Murphy ‘21, and Diane Park ‘21, spent seven weeks as industrial design interns for Topsun, one of the leading camping and outdoor leisure manufacturing companies in China.

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Kylemore Abbey Residency

Author: Dept. Staff

Graduate students from Notre Dame's Department of Art, Art History & Design joined graduate students from the New York Academy of Art and Dublin's Royal Hibernian Academy last summer in a month-long art residency in Ireland. 

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Alumni Association launches ThinkND, online learning community featuring videos, podcasts, articles and courses

Author: Erin Blasko

The University of Notre Dame Alumni Association has launched ThinkND, an online learning community open to Notre Dame alumni, friends and the public, that seeks to inspire minds and spark conversations. ThinkND features free videos, podcasts, articles and courses delivered by Notre Dame faculty and experts and curated by the Alumni Association in one convenient location.

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Troy Aikens – ANEW and Blue Exhibitions

Author: Dept. Staff

Teaching Scholar Troy Aiken has artwork on view for the Anew Exhibition at the Intersect Arts Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The show is open from Sept. 7 to Oct. 4, 2019. Aiken will also feature work in BLUE, a national juried exhibition at the Webster Arts Center in Webster Groves, Missouri. The opening reception is Tuesday, September 17, from 6 pm to 8 pm. 

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Living out a dream: Artistic immersion in London

Author: Joanna Byrne

In her application for the London Global Gateway, Rachel Mills’ described a daydream that she often had in South Bend. The fantasy scenario involved her exiting the tube station into Trafalgar Square, and walking the through crowds of buskers, commuters and tourists to reach her place of work: the National Gallery.

While a career at the National Gallery remains an ambition for Mills, her time in London brought her vision to life in more ways than she ever expected.

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Nanovic Grant Recipient Receives Research Fulbright

Author: Connor Bran

Steven Lemke, a past recipient of the Snider Family Endowment for Excellence in European Studies, has been awarded a 2019-2020 U.S. Fulbright Open Study/Research Fellowship to Slovakia to explore the relationship between communal architecture and identity. Lemke, a 2019 Master of Fine Arts graduate in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at the University of Notre Dame, received critical support by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and its Catholic Universities Partnership, during the rigorous application process.

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PLS major turns fascination with King Arthur into unique senior thesis — an original, illustrated book

Author: Hailey Oppenlander

Joan Becker, a senior majoring in the Program of Liberal Studies, has traveled to Germany, Belgium, France, and Wales to explore real-world places important to the Arthurian legends. Now, Becker is funneling her experiences abroad and in her PLS classes into a unique senior thesis — a handmade and hand-bound book about King Arthur, in the style of the first books printed in the late medieval era. 

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Theology, studio art, and Irish studies come together in undergraduate’s creative research project on Ireland’s holy wells

Author: Hailey Oppenlander

Junior Anja Renkes will bring her three academic disciplines together in an international research experience this summer at the Dublin Global Gateway in the Irish Internship Program. She plans to create paintings of Ireland’s holy wells — small springs with devotional significance — that capture the area’s landscape as pure gift from God.

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Notre Dame Graduate Students and Training Innovations Garner Recognition

Author: Trish Bredar

Notre Dame Graduate School’s innovations in graduate training garnered strong recognition at this year’s 75th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS), March 20-22 in St. Louis, Missouri. The meeting fostered discussions and workshops on the theme of “Changing Times: Challenges and Innovation in Graduate Education” with faculty and staff dedicated to graduate training from universities throughout the Midwest.

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2019 MFA/BFA/BA Honors Award Winners

Author: Dept. Staff

The Department of Art, Art History & Design would like to congratulate all our award winners at this year's MFA BFA BA Thesis Exhibition.

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Lemke a Recipient of the 2019 Fulbright Scholarship to the Slovak Republic

Author: Dept. Staff

Steven Lemke MFA '19 has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the Slovak Republic for the 2019–2020 academic year. Lemke will make work (and possibly even teach) at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava with their Sculpture in Architecture and 3D Virtual Space program. And with the help of the Nanovic Institute and Catholic University Ruzomberok, he has arranged to conduct research throughout the region.

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Art talk about the Fluxus Artist Alison Knowles by Nicole Woods

Author: Dept. Staff

In this talk, Dr. Woods reconsiders House of Dust (as a digital poem, and later translated as free-standing sculptures) in relation to the emergence of new uses of public art—especially the antinomies between what we can conceive of as a public and works made within publics—in the late 1960s and early 1970.

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Undergraduate design student co-founds startup offering original, personalized songs

Author: Hailey Oppenlander

While many students stress about homework and exams, junior Nicholas Lampson juggles a college workload and running a startup. Lampson, a design major with a concentration in industrial design, is co-founder of Streetlight Creations, a company that allows customers to order personalized songs from a team of talented musicians that can be given as gifts to others.

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